Add length to any dress or skirt with lace! An easy sewing technique for the beginner sewer. No Sewing Machine needed.
A couple of weeks ago there was a big event at work and we were asked to dress up in formal attire. Now I am a huge girly girl so that meant SHOPPING!!!
Saturday morning we got up and went to the mall for some retail therapy. I found a cute dress at JCPenny’s for only $15 and I absolutely fell in love. It fit me perfectly and hugged the right curves and hid the bad ones.
The only problem is that it was a little too short for me to be comfortable. Oh, I hate my ugly knees!
Well, I am a crafty kinda girl so I figured I could solve the problem and add length to the skirt.
First I was going to try to find a black fabric that was similar to the dress and create a ruffle on the bottom. But I found this lace in the trim section at JoAnn’s Fabric and it was perfect!
The ruffled trim is about 3 inches wide and the edge is already finished. Less work for me! (I also found white trim and made a mental note to remember that for next time.)
I did these alterations sitting in my son’s hospital room at Primary Children’s so I apologize that the pictures don’t have the best lighting. Yup, that same morning I went shopping was the same morning my son crashed on his skateboard and landed himself in the hospital for 4 days.
Sewing on the Lace Trim
Before I stitched the trim onto the hem of the dress I Pinned it in place because I wanted to make sure it would look alright and match.
I tried it on and modeled it for my hubby. It was perfect!
I don’t want the stitching to show on outside of the dress. That means hand stitching. I took extra care to only stitch on the inside layer of the hem and not go all the way through.
I told a couple of people about my alteration and they all said they never would have guessed. It looked like it should have been bought that way! That is exactly what I was going for.
I did get this great picture of my team and you can see my dress. I have to say that my absolute most favorite part of my outfit was my hot pink heels. I love them!
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